Tobias Butler has been sitting on death row since being sentenced for a gruesome murder in 2007. Bored out of his mind, he decided to apply to the online pen pal program in 2012. It’s a pleasant distraction—nothing more, nothing less—for three years, until he’s contacted by a beautiful, smart young lawyer named Jess. She’s convinced he’s innocent and wants to see him freed. As they organize their attack on the judicial system, he wonders how she plans to get his conviction overturned—because he’s guilty, and he knows it. Jess is desperate to release him—and he’s desperate to feel his hands squeeze the life out of her once she does.
This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tobias is planning to murder the beautiful attorney, Jessica, who’s promising to get him released from prison. See what happens as he manipulates her into believing in love, second chances, and justice for the wrongfully accused. She wants his love, and he wants her soul. What will happen when she sets him free?
You’ll pray he doesn’t get the girl.
Jo Michaels’ Emancipation is a maniacally, twisted tale of revenge.
I absolutely loved this book. The details Michaels delivered act as a vivid warning why you don’t want to end up in prison. Furthermore, it made me wonder how many guilty criminals win appeals.
The characters in Emancipation are dynamic and well-crafted. I was on the fence as to whether I should like or hate them. By the end of the book, I didn’t know whether to pity Tobias, the main character, or simply say ‘justice served’. The persona of Jess was so brilliant. That girl had me duped through 80 percent of the novel.
I’m a big fan of the show “Criminal Minds” and this book could easily be an episode. I could see the members of the Behavioral Analysts Unit delving into the psyche of Tobias. What they see may actually scare the crap out of them.
You can’t actually say the ending of Emancipation has a Happy Ever After. This book had more of a JFA, Justice For All, type of ending.
This was the first book I’ve read by Jo Michaels, and it won’t be my last.
If you enjoy your fiction dark and twisted, you’ll love Emancipation.
(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)
About the author:
Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
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